Tribune Tavern in old Oakland Trib bldg
I hope this succeeds. It's such an iconic building in downtown Oakland and the area has had some really tough economic troubles during the last few tumultuous years:
Chris Pastena of ChopBar, who is also working on converting Miss Pearl's Jam House at Jack London Square into a northern Italian restaurant, is simultaneously working on Tribune Tavern, in the old Oakland Tribune building downtown. It will be a tavern and bar concept that he's hoping to open by March 2013. He hopes to make announcements on chefs at both new restaurants shortly.
Went in for the first time for happy hour yesterday- well-crafted, if a little light on the booze, cocktails, $5. The best of those was the margarita; all are slightly different than you'd expect. The gin and tonic with house tonic was dark in appearance, and the mai tai looked milky.
Mediocre beers litter the landscape- too much Linden St., and Mendocino Brewing- really? The ubiquitous Racer 5 was the best of the bunch. Rock Wall Zin on tap, and a nice rye whiskey selection professionally served- large ice cubes.
Dinner service begins at 5pm, when I ordered the pork trotter and cheek fritters. This is hands-down the singlemost must order dish in the town right now.
Very lively by the time I left; beautiful space.
The wings I saw come out didn't look great, but a new friend's burger looked fantastic.
I walked by yesterday and the place was nearly full at lunchtime. Signs in the window indicated the official opening is April 10. It looks like a large, attractive space.
Diablo Dish reports that they'll have an in-house butcher and kitchen space devoted to the bar:
Just since yesterday, the webiste has been updated, menu here:
The 21-day dry-aged ribeye @ $40 will be a first downtown. Oddly, they don't mention dry-aging for the other steaks, topping out at $44 for the t-bone.